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5 Things: Mangoes

As Winter drags on, I have found that eating the tropical fruit mango picks up my spirits and reminds me of warmer times. Aside from providing a little psychological mood boost, I was happy to learn that mangoes are nutritionally beneficial as well. Here's a list of five things about mangoes that you might want to know.

  1. There are six common varieties of mangoes and since they have overlapping seasons they are available all year round.
  2. Half a mango is considered one serving of fruit. It is recommended that adults eat at least 2 servings of fruit a day, so if you eat the entire mango you are covered.
  3. Mangoes are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, the antioxidant that gives the fruit its yellow orange color.
  4. When it comes to finding a ripe mango, don’t judge the fruit by its color. A ripe mango, regardless of shade, will give a little bit when squeezed. You can leave a firm mango in the window for a couple of days to ripen.
  5. A cup of mango contains three grams of fiber. That's 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of fiber.

I like to eat mango by itself or on my morning oatmeal. Tell me how you enjoy eating mangoes in the comment section below.

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Spectra Spectra 8 years
Fresh mangoes are so hard to find around here, plus I hate peeling them. I usually buy frozen diced ones because I LOVE them! I really got hooked on them when I spent a few weeks in Central America. I've never had fresher, more delicious mangoes. I ate them every morning with breakfast.
andiself andiself 8 years
I'm afraid of Mangoes! Apparently the Mango is related to poison ivy family. I discovered i was allergic to them last year when my lips swelled up, I got mini hives on my chin and upper lip and it lasted for 3 weeks! The skin of the mango is where the nasty oil is that caused that reaction. Now I only have mango that was prepared for me by someone else. I love the taste, i hate the rash!
andiself andiself 8 years
I'm afraid of Mangoes! Apparently the Mango is related to poison ivy family. I discovered i was allergic to them last year when my lips swelled up, I got mini hives on my chin and upper lip and it lasted for 3 weeks! The skin of the mango is where the nasty oil is that caused that reaction. Now I only have mango that was prepared for me by someone else. I love the taste, i hate the rash!
kia kia 8 years
Mango season starts here in July... complete with two large festivals dedicated to the fruit.
jazspin jazspin 8 years
Oooh, I love mangoes - either plain with a little pepper, or in a mango-pineapple salsa or a mango lassi.
laurlee laurlee 8 years
I usually just eat them as I am cutting them up while standing at the counter followed by sucking everything off the pit (my sister and I used to fight over who would get it when we were little). But, if I have a bunch, I'll cube them and keep 'em in the fridge or freezer to throw into whatever I'm making.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
I love mangos...they are definitely one of my top 3 fruits!
katie_c katie_c 8 years
i chop it up with a red pepper, red onion, garlic and some lime juice for an awesome mango chutney. tasty with lime chips.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuum!!
ElissaM ElissaM 8 years
I make a mango salsa (mangos, jalenpeno, english cucumber, red peppers, cilantro, lime juice, red onion) or just peel them and cut them in chunks and eat in up :)
Ikandy Ikandy 8 years
mmmmmmmm i really want one now...my fave is the kind with a yellowish peel.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 8 years
i love mangoes! by far the best fruit out there...i have been buying them frozen lately because my local albertsons has had them
JudyRie JudyRie 8 years
Love mangoes!!! Never had one until I moved to South Texas, and now I'm addicted. Got a mango tree last year for my birthday, but we'll probably be somewhere else before it bears fruit. :(I usually just eat them plain, but with a little salt and lime juice is yummy too!
JudyRie JudyRie 8 years
Love mangoes!!! Never had one until I moved to South Texas, and now I'm addicted. Got a mango tree last year for my birthday, but we'll probably be somewhere else before it bears fruit. :( I usually just eat them plain, but with a little salt and lime juice is yummy too!
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
Mmmmm i love mango's too! I'm with kaenai, I just eat it off the pit! I can't waste any of it! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
Mangoes rock!!!!! We have a stringy mango tree, a red mango tree, a bull mango tree and a purple mango tree at our house back home, as you can tell we LOVE mangoes. Mangoes remind me of my dad as we are the only ones who eat them in the house, we bond over mangoes lol.
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I just eat them right off the pit - they're so good, they don't need anything else! :DBut I have eaten them in fruit salad with pears, pineapples and grapes - delicious!
kaenai kaenai 8 years
I just eat them right off the pit - they're so good, they don't need anything else! :D But I have eaten them in fruit salad with pears, pineapples and grapes - delicious!
yoyankbmars yoyankbmars 8 years
I LOVE MANGOES!!!! I NEED A MANGO FIX LIKE RIGHT NOW AFTER READING THIS PIECE ABOUT THEM!
mudnessa mudnessa 8 years
i love mangos but avoid them because i cannot for the life of me get the hang of cutting them and then always feel bad because i either end up with a fruit covered pit or mashed up fruit on my counter. i just cant do cut them . . . :(
ladyliz ladyliz 8 years
Mmmmmm.... I love Mangoes. One of my favorite's along with Pinapple.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 8 years
Oh I love mangoes!! Back home in Indonesia I can get them for 10 cents a piece...here they're like $1 each, and that's when they're on sale!
klrouth klrouth 8 years
I sautee them in a non-stick pan with a bit of garlic, cooked chicken or lean beef strips. Makes delicious fajitas.
klandrach klandrach 8 years
Love mango so much, but they are sort of a pain to eat! That weird seed/pit/core thing in the middle always throws me off. I end up peeling it and then eating it over the sink to make life easy. Fresh Mango salsa is so good though on fish or chicken! Just chop some up with cilantro, jalepeno, cucumber, tomato and whatever else sounds good!
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